After the blog was put to bed last night, I returned to the shop. Billy Joel’s Ultimate collection was waiting for me. I had a mistake to fix and was pretty sure I knew the answer. Billy started to play as I got to work.
The holes I had drilled prevented me from using my fostner bits to create a recessed area on the wood. This is important because the sides of my resawing jig need to be flat. If there were two pieces of hex screws peaking their head out, they would damage the wood being sawed. (Note: I don’t know if hex screw is the correct name for the thingy I used to connect the holding brackets to the wood, nor do I care.)
The point is, I needed it to be recessed, more than Lindsy Lohan needs to spend time in prison. And I think we all know how much a little time away will do for her. Sadly for the rest of us, it isn’t 20 years, but I digress. The point is I was eager to try my idea.
The bit of choice was a 3/4 Freud straight bit of fantasticness. I love that bit. I used my plunge router and found that I was able to clamp it to the board and it made a very nice little drill press. When I realized that point, I felt a little bit stupid for not coming to that conclusion a long time ago.
It worked so well, that I actually used the same methodology on the other side panel, even though I hadn’t screwed it up. This was done for aesthetics so the holes would look the same. The bit left a little bit of wood which needed to be cleaned out, and so I turned to Donna the fish tail chisel. It was her first time helping on a project. She was very professional and precise. When she was done, we gave her a brief ovation and I could tell Manfred was very proud of her.
All that remained was to put the whole thing together and then to cut something in two. I had a small piece of spalted maple and set it up to do a very thin cut. I believe it was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who first uttered the words, “This resaw jig kicks butt!”, though I can’t be sure. I know that I uttered that phrase several time.
Usually I like to stick to one topic per blog post, but tonight I felt like giving a ‘type out’ to the fine folks who meet every Wednesday at 9:00 Eastern time, use the hashtag #woodchat, and tweet about woodworking. It was fun tonight. We talked about photography, which is something I enjoy.
Because the subject was photographing one’s projects, I decided to include a behind the scenes shot, to give everyone and idea how I set up the extremely average shot of my bandsaw resaw jig and bread holder. If anyone has any questions about photography, I am always happy to try my best to help. If anyone has any questions about the works of Longfellow, I am probably not your best source, as I have been known to misquote him on occasion.